Print of Calcutta – Chandpaul Ghaut. with Steam Engine, Supreme Court.
Chandpaul Ghaut. Steam Engine, Supreme Court. Plate 1 from William Wood’s “Series of Twenty Eight Panoramic Views of Calcutta”. An original lithographic print from 1833. The first plate from the collection of 28 lithographic prints produced in 1833 by William Wood of 428 The Strand, London and sold originally in five parts, the prints loose and without any text, Abbey Travel  notes that 82 sets were subscribed for in India and only 38 in England. This was the first lithographic printing of plates of Calcutta. The plate pasted to later brown card with marks on the back of the card where the picture has been fastened into a frame (now lacking), the printed area clean but a few grubby marks in the margins and damp stains at the top left and lower right corners, overall size 19 x 14ins [49 x 25cm]. This image shows the Supreme Court building with masts of ships on the Hooghly visible over the roofs and to the left. There is a good description of this series by Wood (with several illustrations) in J P Losty’s Calcutta City of Palaces [British Library 1990].
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